Here’s something even we didn’t expect – Makunouchi Deluxe is now licensed in English! One way or another, just about every series I’ve worked on has gotten an official license now. It’s good to know that they’re being given the chance to succeed legitimately under the blessing of the artists who created them.
This is still one of my favorite series ever, and unlike Ring x Mama, I’d be willing to go over it once more and make sure it’s polished to a mirror shine for the official release. I couldn’t tell you whether we’ll be able to work on it or not, though, since that’s up to Project H. We’ll see what happens in the next few months.
Speaking of the near future, we should hopefully see more printed volumes coming to market in the late fall and winter. There’s a pretty long lead time with print, so the stuff we’ve been working on all summer will be coming out then. Right now news is a little dry but as time goes on we should have a new volume coming out every month or two, with any luck.
I’d hoped to have more articles to fill the gap, but after the decidedly, uh, mixed reaction to the previous one, I’m still not sure if they’re a good idea or not. The next one was going to be a look at an actual retail-purchased h-magazine with an analysis of the contents. I know some people would say that because they’ve seen a scan or two that I couldn’t possibly tell them anything new, even though they probably don’t speak any Japanese. If you’re not one of those people and you’d be interested in seeing it, let me know, I suppose.
In any case, Velvet Kiss Volume 2 is currently set for a Halloween release date, and Love on the Job/Koi wo Suru is going to start coming out in November. We’ve been working on Love on the Job a lot this summer and I’m really happy with how the scripts have turned out. It’s going to be miles better than it was before, with much more personality and consistency. We’ll have more on that as it gets closer to release. Ta ta!